A man implicated in a string of laundry room burglaries is back in custody.

Jose Clark (EPD photo)

Evanston police say 27-year-old Jose Clark Jr., was arrested Thursday by officers who spotted him near the Tasty Sub restaurant at 2001 W. Howard in Chicago.

He’s now been charged with felony counts of burglary and theft from a coin operated machine in connection with a laundry-room burglary on Dec. 21, 2007, at an apartment building in the 800 block of Oakton St.

Police say analysis by the state police crime lab of evidence Evanston police evidence technicians gathered at the scene linked Clark to the burglary.

He’s being held on $250,000 bond pending a hearing in Skokie district court on Jan. 27.

Clark was arrested just over a year ago on charges of breaking into other laundry rooms in Evanston.

He reportedly was convicted and served five months of a six year sentence before being released on parole in November.

Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington says Clark had eight bags of quarters in his possession when he was arrested Thursday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I go…
    It appears that the accused’s preferred occupation is burglary. He was arrested in December, 2007 and charged with breaking into laundry rooms. He served 5 months of a six-year sentence.

    He gets out of prison in November, 2008 and he’s arrested in January, 2009. Once again, breaking into laundry rooms.

    As I recall, these are arrests and convictions #2 and #3. His prior (as I recall) — breaking into laundry rooms.

    The 8th Ward deserves to be rid of this parasite. If he gets out in five months, five years or 15 years, he’ll be back here, breaking into our buildings.

    Why doesn’t a judge’s six-year sentence mean six years? When he’s out in five months, he returns to burglarize the same neighborhood. It’s the prison system that elects to let him out early. Who do we tell to keep him this time?

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